Achievements and Lessons Learned
Below is the listing of achievements within various components of PDI programmes, reviewed against key objectives:
Achievement 1: Enable OVC feel accepted and part of the society through access of quality education and other basic needs
- Payment of schools fees for OVC in primary schools
- Retention in schools for OVC targeted by PDI
- Improved school performance for OVC
- Nutrition support for OVC leading to improvement in their health
- Provision of school uniforms
- PDI IGA loaning system has boosted the OVC program as parents now meet most basic needs rather than begging as was the case before. The children feel more secure.
- Improved image of PDI as a result of the OVC care interventions, leading to greater acceptance by the community.
Achievement 2: Empowering the OVC Primary care givers particularly women, socially, economically & psychologically to cope with the scourge.
- Training of primary caregivers on basic entrepreneurship skills
- Provision of startup grants to primary caregivers for establishment of small businesses within the slums.
- Training of primary caregivers on skills of healthcare and nutrition.
- Provision of foodstuffs and supplements to children, PLWHAS and caregivers.
- Emotional support for PLWHAS, home and hospital visits.
- Training of PLWHAS on treatment literacy and adherence.
- Empowerment of grandmothers involved in OVC care.
Achievement 3: Effectively support the rights of children including rights to protection from abuse, exploitation and discrimination
- Protection of girls from sexual abuse by familiar adults (neighbour & father) and taking such matters with the police department.
- Provision of school fees for the neglected, abandoned and exploited children and other OVC to attain education
- Provide alternative rights of passage by the young girls hence preventing FGM.
- Supported children’s rights to food through food vouchers and supplementation rations.
- Helped in placement of HIV discriminated children to foster families
Achievement 4: To improve the capacity of PDI to deliver services effectively
- Retention of 6 staff and 12 community volunteers within PDI.
- A functioning and committed board to assist in the running of the organization.
- Presence of a well trained accountant for book keeping and accounting purposes.
- Trained staff on treatment literacy and adherence.
- Trained staff and volunteers in skills of IGA (income generating activities).
- There are two equipped resource centres in the slums localities to help in carrying out activities.
Achievement 5: Enhance Networking and collaboration with other stakeholders
- Partnership developed with 4 international organizations.
- PDI works closely with many other stakeholders in Kenya, including WOFAK and TAPWAK.